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BC begins planning stage for new secondary school in Langford


The Sooke School District (SD62) will soon be growing as the BC government announced on Monday, May, 21st that they have begun planning for a new secondary school in Langford. 

This is being done to serve the fast-growing area and reduce classroom sizes for children attending secondary schools already operating within SD62. 

Several MLAs and Ministers attended and spoke at the new school’s announcement at the SĆIȺNEW̱ SṮEȽIṮḴEȽ elementary school construction site. 

“As more people choose to make British Columbia their home, we’re investing in schools to welcome new students,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care. 

“That’s why we’re taking action by supporting new secondary school projects in one of the fastest-growing school districts in the province.”

Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca, who used to work within the school system in the area says he has been advocating for an additional two secondary schools in the area for over 10 years. 

“The creation of a new, modern school for students to live, play and grow is going to benefit Langford for generations to come.”

According to the Province, around $270 million has been invested in an additional 2,660 seats for SD62 students over the past seven years. 

These seats came by way of the construction of new schools such as Pexsisen Elementary and Centre Mountain Lellum Middle school, an addition to Royal Bay Secondary and SĆIȺNEW̱ SṮEȽIṮḴEȽ Elementary as well as a 480-seat school with on-site child care, which is currently under construction.

The BC government has yet to confirm the cost of the newly announced school, nor have they announced the number of students it will be able to accommodate as it has only just entered the planning phase. 

It also has not been revealed by the Province where this school would be located, other than the fact it will be in Langford.

Curtis Blandy

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